Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead and Hetty Thompson


Husband – Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead. Born Nov 20, 1800. Died May 9, 1883. If you go to Findagrave you can find a younger picture of him on the page.


Wife – Hetty Thompson Whitehead. Born March 31, 1811. Died Aug, 18, 1876. ( The three small female photos are Hetty)


The larger photo in the sleeve is labeled “Elizabeth Whitehead” about 1912 in her wedding dress.


On the back of the old photo of Hetty Whitehead it reads “Hatty Whitehead, wife, of Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead, was raised in Oberlin, O. Her brother George Thompson, my great uncle served 5 years in Mo, Penitentiary for trying to help free slaves. He was also a missionary to Liberia, Africa. His son Dr. W. Thompson was a medical for 37 years in So Rhodesia. ”

Signed “2-2-1950 Howard Whitehead M.D.” who was the grandson of Ezekiel Whitehead and died in 1953

I have tried to find the family tree to link George to Hetty but havent found it yet, but when you google George Thompson there are missionary travels documented by him from the 1800’s



From Findagrave

“He first was a lawyer admitted to the bar in New York in 1827. Later he graduated from Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati in 1842 and practiced medicine until his death.”

Other info found on google pertaining to this family.

Howard Whitehead, M. D., has practiced his profession in Columbus with exceptional honor and ability for a period of almost forty years. He was born at Jersey, Licking County, Ohio, August 21, 1868, the son of William Wirt and Paulina (Woodruff) Whitehead. William Whitehead was born near Jersey, Ohio, in 1834 and died in 1902. He was a prosperous farmer of Licking County for many years and later purchased .a well improved farm in Delaware County, Ohio. He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Whitehead was the son of Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead, one of the best known physicians of the early days in Licking County. He was born in Seneca County, New York, November 28, 1800, and was a graduate of the Cincinnati Medical College. Doctor Whitehead practiced medicine at Jersey, Ohio, for more than half a century and his professional records show that during that period he handled 1200 cases alone in obstetrics. He took a most active part in the church and civic life of Jersey. He died in 1883. Paulina (Woodruff) Whitehead, mother of the subject of this sketch, was born near Black Lick, Franklin County, in 1835 and died in 1928. She is buried in Green-lawn Cemetery, Columbus. Their children were : Howard and Homer, born at Jersey, Ohio, August 21, 1870. He is identified with the Ohio State Journal, Columbus, Ohio. Howard Whitehead spent his early boyhood in Licking County and attended the public schools of Jersey. He later was a student at Sunbury High School and attended the normal school at Reynolds-burg, Ohio, after which he taught school for a period of four years. He then took up the study of medicine at Starling Medical College, now the College of Medicine, Ohio State University, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1893. Since that date Doctor Whitehead has practiced his profession in Columbus and has been located in the neighborhood of his present office throughout that number of years, 2241 West Broad Street. On October 22, 1896, Doctor Whitehead married Miss Emma Slack, of Galena, Ohio, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Slack, both deceased. She died February 7, 1925, and is buried in Green-lawn Cemetery, Columbus. They had no children. In 1926 as a memorial to her, Doctor Whitehead established a scholarship at Ohio Wesleyan University for the aid of worthy students who lacked the required means to complete their education. Later, Doctor Whitehead married Erma White, the widow of Rev. Postle E. White, a prominent minister of the Methodist Church. At the time of his death in 1925 he was district superintendent of the Zanesville district, residing at Newark, Ohio. By her first marriage Mrs. Whitehead has two children : Dorothy E. White, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, now private secretary to the dean of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio ; and Charles Edward, born in 1921, living with his mother at 2239 West Broad Street. Doctor Whitehead is a prominent member of the Glenwood Methodist Episcopal Church, of which he has served as trustee since the date of its organization, 1893. He is affiliated with York Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Scioto Consistory, and Knights of Pythias. He is also identified with the Columbus Academy of Medicine, Ohio State Medical Society, and American Medical Association. He is a director of the Columbus Y. M. C. A. from http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:umodnNJo14kJ:www.heritagepursuit.com/Franklin/Franklin1930VIIIP1225.htm+&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Doctor and Mrs. Whitehead live at 2239 West Broad Street, Columbus


Last photo is a newer 8 x 10 portrait in sleeve with “Howard Whitehead” written on it




Filed under Loose Photos

5 responses to “Dr. Ezekiel Whitehead and Hetty Thompson

  1. Greetings…

    I’m breathless – I am a Whithead descendant! Ezekiel & Hettie are my fourth great grandparents who resided and are buried in Jersey, Licking county Ohio. I in fact, very recently applied with the Lcking County Geneological Socity to have them installed as a Licking County First Family. Ezekiel’s father, saac Whitehead, my 5th Great grandfather was an original Licking county pioneer. Have you retained these photos and if not, can you tell me their deposition? I’m curious too to learn how they were acquired. Thank you for rescuing them and for posting this information. I hope you see this reply and that I hear from you soon,

    Best regards,

    Crystal Davis
    Licking County, Ohio

    • Hi Crystal, I will have to dig through my tub of photos(some are buried right now) and see what I have. I believe I got these in California at an antique store over 4 yrs ago in my hometown. If my memory serves me right, the vendor was selling the actual album separately that they came in but it was too costly to buy all of it, she traveled across the US buying items that’s how she got this, when I get it out and double check what info Ill let you know, if you don’t hear back from me within a month contact me again to remind me, lots of things going and I’m traveling this summer. thanks!

      • Looks like you may have purchased the Whitehead photos via Ebay along with other photos that may or may not be associated, for which you posted a separate blog on Jan 3, 2015. I will stand by. Thank you very much! This is exciting! 🙂

        PS: George is indeed Hetty’s brother. I have this all set out in my Ancestry.com tree, which I am happy to share anytime.

      • thanks for the reminder, thats why I have to dig everything out of my box as I leave the notes on them of where I got them. 🙂

      • Crys


        You may remember in early June I found a post made by you whereby you had a few photos of my fourth Great Grandparents, Ezekiel & Hettie Whitehead. You thought at the time you had them stored in a box and would search for them after your move, as I recall. I’m following up now to see if you remember our conversation and if there’s a chance you’ve located these and other valuable historical family photos?

        I hope to hear from you soon and thank you sincerely for your help.

        Crystal Davis


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